Bee Removal Wildlife Pest Control

Bees - Problem

Bees are beneficial insects and rarely considered as pests. There are many types of bee, though the common ones are honey bees, masonry bees, bumble bees and solitary bees.


Bees are beneficial

honey bees swarming

Honey Bees

Honey bees are under threat in the UK. Their numbers are declining and they are essential for the pollination of crops. Honey bees only really cause problems whilst swarming or when they colonise an area that causes conflict with people, such as a working chimney.

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Masonry or Mortar Bees

These are harmless solitary bees that nest in holes in soft mortar. Nests can be constructed close to each other, giving the appearance of swarms of bees. They are often mistaken for honey bees or wasps. They are not aggressive and are harmless to humans.


Masonry Mortar Bees

Bumble Bees

Bumblebee

There are 24 species of bumblebee in the UK. Their numbers have been declining due to changes in agricultural practice which have removed flowers and therefore food from the landscape.

Bumble bees do not swarm, though there may be a few males flying outside a nest waiting for a queen. Males cannot sting and pose no risk to humans.

To find out more about bumble bees go to: http://bumblebeeconservation.org

Solitary Bees

Solitary bees differ from honeybees and bumblebees in not being social insects. A female solitary bee constructs and provisions her nest without the assistance of any worker bees. Despite this some solitary bees can be gregarious, with many bees making their nests in close proximity in a suitable piece of habitat. Most solitary bees are useful as pollinating insects and are not classed as pests.

 

Solution

The general principle with bees is to leave them alone and there are only a few instances where action may be required.

We have high ethical and environmental values, therefore we will advise on the most appropriate course of action taking into account all environmental, practical and health & safety issues.

Honey Bee Swarms

These can be collected and looked after by a bee keeper. To find a local swarm collector go to: www.bbka.org.uk

Honey Bees In The Building structure

We will assess the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.

Bees can occasionally be collected from within structures, though it usually involves building works.

If bees are entering the living space it is sometimes possible to seal up holes. This will allow their colony to continue without interfering with the household.

If the bees are presenting a risk to health & safety, it may be appropriate to destroy the colony.

If destruction of the colony is necessary, one or more of the following actions are also required to ensure other colonies are not harmed as a result of this work:

  • Sanitise the area to neutralise the pheromone (smell) left by the bees
  • Block up entry points to prevent other foraging bees accessing residual insecticides
  • Removal of the colony debris: bees wax comb, honey stores, etc

We will ensure the requirements of ‘The Pest Management Alliance Code of Practice: Relating to the Control of Feral Honey Bees’ are fully met.

Bumble Bees

We will give advice on resolving bumble bee issues. Invariably we will advise that no action is necessary, due to the insignificant risk presented by bumble bees.

We may relocate a colony where this is possible. Occasionally it may be necessary to destroy a colony.

Masonry or Mortar Bees

If there is a serious problem with these bees in a wall, an insecticidal treatment can be applied. However, low numbers do not generally warrant any action. We will always give advice on the risk and the options available.

Responsive and timely service. Solved my bee issue efficiently with support from a local beekeeper. I can highly recommend Dean and James.

Brian Gleadhill,
Hereford
July 2015

 

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